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Written by Gotthold Lessing
Performed in English

The action takes place in poor lodgings near Dover where Mellefont is waiting to hear whether his attempts to renegotiate the terms of a cousin’s will have been successful. It appears the legacy will enable him to marry Miss Sara Sampson…

The first performance of Miss Sara Sampson was given at Frankfurt an der Oder in 1755.  

Translation by Ernest Bell. Produced by Cheek by Jowl. The first performance of Sara was at the Millington Drake Theatre, Montevideo, Uruguay on 18th April 1990.

“A swirling, elegant fandango of passion, impetuosity and deception”

The Observer
Cast and creative team


Daniel ThorndikeSir William
Peter NeedhamWaitwell
Max BurrowsInn Landlord
Raad RawiMellefont
Duncan DuffNorton
Charlotte MedcalfBetty
Rachel JoyceSara Sampson
Sheila GishMarwood
Pat O’TooleHannah
Maria Isabel HernandezArabella

Creative Team

DirectorDeclan Donnellan
DesignerNick Ormerod
Musical DirectorPaddy Cunneen
Movement DirectorJane Gibson
Lighting DesignerRick Fisher
Company Stage ManagerLouise Yeomans
Voice CoachPatsy Rosenberg
Previous performances

Previous Performances

5 June–2 July 1990London, Lillian Bayliss Theatre, UK
28 May–2 June 1990Bury St Edmunds, Theatre Royal, UK
21–26 May 1990Winchester, Theatre Royal, UK
14–19 May 1990Coventry, Warwick Arts Centre, UK
8–13 May 1990Worthing, Connaught Theatre, UK
30 April–5 May 1990Cambridge, Cambridge Arts Theatre, UK
18–23 April 1990Montevideo, Millington Drake Theatre, Uruguay


“A swirling, elegant fandango of passion, impetuosity and deception.”

The Observer

“This is a ground breaking show.”

Independent on Sunday
Production photo
Photograph: Sarah Ainslie
Production photo
Photograph: Sarah Ainslie

“This is a ground breaking show”

Independent on Sunday

Yesterday I loved, today I suffer, tomorrow I die: but I still think fondly, today and tomorrow,
of yesterday.


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